Saturday, November 15, 2008

Top Movies for 2009 top 25

25: Hannah Montana (May)

Dolly Parton, Tyra Banks, Heather Locklear and of course Billy Ray Cyrus help Destiny 'Miley' Cyrus bring the massively popular tween pop character comes to the big screen. In the wake of the vast box office for High School Musical 3, Hannah Montana looks like a safe bet for the big cinema smash of the Easter school break.

24: Dorian Gray (November)

The classic Oscar Wilde fable retold by an impressive collection of British thespian eye-candy including Colin Firth and Emilia Fox. Ben Barnes, little known outside the Narnia cognoscenti or the few remaining fans of doomed boyband Hyrise, plays the dissipated fop with the magical portrait. Read the book online

23: Sherlock Holmes (November)

Some extraordinary casting distinguishes the umpteenth Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. as a tough, sword-flourishing Holmes and Jude Law as an even tougher, no-nonsense Watson in Guy Ritchie’s ‘reimagining’ of the ultimate sleuth. Based on Lionel Wigram’s comic book about the consulting detective rather than directly upon Conan Doyle’s books, the film also features Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, the captivating femme fatale introduced in an 1891 Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia.

22: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July)

Playing fast and loose with the accepted chronology of the age of the dinosaurs this third instalment of the CGI school holiday favourite has the primitive mammal heroes of the first two films somehow getting mixed up with a ‘lost world’ of surviving dinosaurs trapped beneath a glacier. John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, and Denis Leary provide voices for the computer created critters. Certain to both entertain undemanding under-fives and infuriate palaeontologists in equal measure, this has the air of being the last film in the series.

21: Nottingham (November)

Russell Crowe plays dual roles in this revision of the Robin Hood legend. If you can trust anyone, it’s a bone fide cinema genius like director Ridley Scott but Hood and Nottingham with the same face sounds like a recipe for chuckles rather than thrills.

20: Bride Wars (January)

Bride Wars is evidence that blockbuster movies aren’t always for the boys. With a near-unbeatable chick flick cast (Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen), it’s an implausible tale of best friends clashing over a wedding day scheduling conflict. With the release date close enough to Valentine’s Day to warrant inclusion on the schedule of a fair percentage of early February dinner dates, it stands a reasonable chance of a strong mid-table performance on the box-office charts for the year.

19: 2012 (July)

Master of disaster Roland Emmerich (The Day after Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day) assembles an impressive cast including John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover for an apocalyptic epic based on a 7th Century Mayan prophecy. Never one to do things by halves, Emmerich will apparently open the film with the end of the world as we know it and let things escalate from there.

18: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (December)

Brad Pitt leads the cast of this fable taken from an F.Scott Fitzgerald story about a man who is born in his seventies and ages in reverse. Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton feature in a story that spans a lifetime.

17: The Lovely Bones (March)

Saoirse Ronan narrates from beyond the grave in this brave adaptation of Alice Sebold’s practically unfilmable novel. A fine cast (not only Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon but also Stanley Tucci, former Soprano and now Life on Mars star Michael Imperioli and winner of the ‘most unpredictable career choices’ award Mark Wahlberg) added to Lord of the Rings (and more importantly Heavenly Creatures) director Peter Jackson’s formidable talent promise a thoughtful, thought-provoking gem.

16: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (no release date announced)

A Terry Gilliam film is always something of a curiosity: ploughing his own off-kilter furrow away from the calcified strictures of Hollywood cliché, he has made films that, while differing wildly in subject matter (Brazil, The Fisher King, Baron Munchausen), share a distinctively baroque surrealism. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a curiosity even among Gilliam films, containing as it does the final performance of Heath Ledger. Because Ledger did not survive to complete the movie, Gilliam has enlisted Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law to share the lead role with the departed star. Adding an extra surreal twist to the Faustian fantasy, this is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of 2009.

15: Coraline (March)

Cult author Neil Gaiman’s dark fairytale gets a faithful adaptation which will entrance anyone who enjoyed Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas or, indeed, anyone who has ever escaped through a secret door in their bedroom that leads to a mysterious parallel version of their own home.

14: They Came from Upstairs (July)

Ashley Tisdale, the delightfully pushy blonde Sharpay from High School Musical, leads a group of teens fighting an alien invasion in this light-hearted family adventure. Closer to Gremlins or Critters than War of the Worlds, They Came from Upstairs will be one of those guilty movie gems films you might take a young relative along to, but secretly quite enjoy.

13: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June)

The inevitable sequel to last year’s surprise hit features more action, more laughs, and more shape-shifting robots. Michael Bay and Shia LeBoef return as director and star respectively with the astoundingly attractive Megan Fox as Shia’s love interest, a more international battleground and the eagerly anticipated introduction of fan favourite Soundwave.

12: The Taking of Pelham 123 (August)

If there’s a unifying trend to 2009 it’s the classic remake, and The Taking of Pelham 123 is nothing if not a classic. A major influence on new genre filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino (note the colour-coded names for the main characters) the 1970s original doesn’t seem in much need of an update. Nevertheless director Tony Scott, who’s been a little quiet for the last few years, has recruited old pal Denzel Washington as well as John Travolta and James Gandolfini to revisit the brilliantly improbable tube train hijack caper. Purists who are wincing at the thought should probably know now that Scott plans to start work on a retread of The Warriors next.

11: The Informant (September)

Matt Damon and Scott Bakula star in Steven Soderbergh’s promising black comedy based on a true story about the ostensibly dull world of agribusiness price fixing. If you enjoyed The Insider and would like to see much the same film again, but this time laced with some mordant humour and featuring a bipolar hero, this might be just the movie for you.

10: Inglourious Basterds (June)

Quentin Tarantino returns with an eclectic cast (Brad Pitt, Mike Myers and star of Hitcock's The Birds Rod Taylor) and another one of his playful reinventions of 1970s genre cinema. This time he moves from the American underworld to World War 2, with a team of Jewish-American special forces operating behind German lines, terminating Nazi commanders with extreme prejudice. Anyone who likes Tarantino war movies in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, or Nazis getting their comeuppance will undoubtedly love this movie. Fans of correct spelling may be less thrilled.

9: Terminator Salvation (June)

The long-awaited ‘future war’ segment of the Terminator saga, previously only hinted at in the first three movies, dominates proceedings in Charlie’s Angels director McG’s bold reawakening of the killer robot franchise. Christian Bale, fresh from his spectacular triumph as one fanboy hero in Dark Knight essays another - John Connor, charismatic leader of the anti-Skynet forces who the Terminators have been trying to eliminate for the last three films. Roland Kickinger will be the principal Terminator this because Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be too busy running California to appear as the iconic cyborg killing machine and Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington and Helena Bonham-Carter are along for the ride.

8: Monsters vs. Aliens (April)

A CGI mock-B-movie with a distinctly eclectic cast list - Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Colbert lend their voices., Monsters v Aliens will go some of the way towards sating the enormous demand for a second Incredibles movie. Reese Witherspoon provides the voice of a young Californian woman who grows to gigantic size, after a freak meteorite encounter, and is recruited into a secret agency of super-freaks who are sent to battle a gigantic alien robot.

7: Avatar (December)

James Cameron’s long-awaited high-technology blockbuster shares some basic ideas with The Surrogates (Humans use humanoid remote drones, in this case to explore an alien planet) and some with Planet 51 (we are the invaders). In terms of technological ambition and cinematic reach though, this movie should be without equal. Sigourney Weaver, who combined so well for Cameron in the past reunites with her Aliens director As long as Cameron doesn’t allow the story to become too cerebral for mainstream audiences Avatar stands a fair chance of being the biggest movie of the year.

6: Angels & Demons (May)

In the wake of the Da Vinci Code, another recklessly improbable Dan Brown adventure gets the Tom Hanks treatment. Ewan McGregor comes on board this time for a breakneck chase around Vatican City in search of some antimatter, the Illuminati and a decent haircut. The critics will snigger, and Dan Brown fans (of whom there are many) will ignore them and make May one of the busiest months at the box office.

5: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May)

Hugh Jackman’s back for an X-Men prequel set 17 years before the action of the first movie.The film traces the early career of Logan, the indestructible mutant who will one day be X-Man Wolverine. Cameos from future X-Men and the chance to see how Logan acquired his deadly claws and curious hairdo give the film a geek power that will set the internet buzzing ahead of the premiere. It will be interesting to see how this performs after the third X-Men movie was seen by many to be something of a mis-step in the X-franchise.

4: Watchmen (March)

Alan Moore’s superlative comic book finally, against the author’s will, reaches the big screen. There’s little doubt for anyone who’s read the original comic that this movie will be a huge triumph. We know the ending has been amended but very scene that’s been seen so far is slavishly faithful to Dave Gibbons’s original drawings, with just a few costume tweaks to make Nite Owl look a little less ridiculous and Silk Spectre a little bit sexier. How Watchmen will play to audiences who haven’t already been seduced by Moore’s vision of a parallel universe Cold War showdown between the members of a disbanded hero team remains to be seen. You can be sure, however, that every comic geek in the western world will see this film, and either rave about it or rail against it on the internet for evermore.

3: Star Trek (May)

J.J. Abrams attempts to reinvigorate the slightly tired Star Trek franchise with a story set immediately before the action of the first TV series. Winona Ryder looks set for a return to the big leagues as Amanda Grayson – Spock’s mum. British geek god Simon Pegg turns up as Scotty, and Zachary Quinto the dark presence at the heart of TV’s Heroes certainly looks the part as a young Spock. Expect tricksy time travel shenanigans, freak transporter accidents and a clever, ubiquitous and ultimately slightly annoying viral marketing campaign.

2: Public Enemies (July)

Creator of Miami Vice Michael Mann guides the apparently tireless Christian Bale (who appears to be in every movie of any note these days) and Johnny Depp in a period gangster romp about the FBI’s search for John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd that is perfectly timed to chime with the new Great Depression.

and of couse, who would not be excited on the next Harry Potter Series...

1: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July)

Harry Potter fans will already have a fairly good idea of what happens in this, the sixth film in the hugely popular boy wizard film adapted from JK Rowling’s all-conquering books. It was an early script draft of this film that prompted Rowling to ‘out’ Dumbledore while promoting the final Potter book.

 

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Top Movies for 2009, Revealed!!!

For those who are excited on the next year's top movie, here is the list... Spot on what you will watch out for...

 

 

 

50: The Pink Panther 2 (February 2009)

Moviegoers might well be tempted by the impressive cast lining  up for this wholly unnecessary sequel to a completely superfluous continuation of the once mighty comedy franchise. Steve Martin, Jean Reno, John Cleese and Andy Garcia may be acting greats, but for signing up to this they should hang their heads in shame.

49: Friday the 13th (February)

Back to Camp Crystal Lake again. The twelfth (couldn’t they have made it 13?) Friday the 13th movie is apparently a remake of the first film in the venerable teen slasher series, so long-time fans will have a fair idea what to expect. Probably not the ideal date movie for February 14.

48: Red Sonja (No release date announced)

Despite months of rumour about a new Conan movie, it’s his female counterpart Red Sonja who seems to be returning to the big screen first. There's some confusion about a release date for this film although the generally reliable IMDB has it hitting screens in late 2009. Planet Terror and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez re-teams with Grindhouse alumna Rose McGowan, who seems a somewhat unlikely choice as the Xena-type who fights her way across a sword-and-sorcery Hyborian landscape wearing as little as the censors will allow.

47: Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (May)

A repeat of 2006’s ‘museum comes to life’ cameo jamboree with more or less everyone except Robin Williams back at the end of May to ham it up for the entertainment of young and undemanding cinemagoers. The film will need something very special in terms of advance reviews to give it any commercial visibility in what promises to be a very busy month at the movies. Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais are already crossing their fingers.

46: Fast & Furious (June)

Fourth in the franchise but (and pay attention, there will be a test) occupying the number three slot in the series narrative, the movie will take the story back to its very beginnings. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel reunite in the franchise that inspired a million minor motoring offences.

45: Spy Hunter (no release date announced)

Video game adaptations are rarely beloved of the cinema cognoscenti and there’s little likelihood that Spy Hunter will break that honourable tradition. The game is a fairly routine ‘heavily armed spy and supercar’ adventure distinguished only by a voice and motion capture contribution from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who, one assumes, must be favourite to play the lead in what we can safely assume will be an undemanding popcorner. Englishman Paul WS Anderson, of Alien vs Predator and Resident Evil fame, is slated to direct.

44: Nine (December)

In a year packed with remakes, this is perhaps the bravest of all: taking on Fellini’s hugely influential 8½ but going just that little bit further, it’s the behind-the-scenes story of an Italian movie director featuring a stellar cast (Including Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench), some of whom will be singing. The purists will be furious, the rest of us merely sceptical. Mamma Mia it isn’t.

43: Knowing (March)

A teacher (Nicolas Cage) opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are due to unfold.

42: Them (no release date announced)

Them, a recently announced feature to be directed by Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz’s Edgar Wright, is not, as far as we can tell, an update of the hoary old giant ant chiller but a fictionalised adaptation of Jon Ronson’s investigative book about the shadowy conspiracies that operate behind our notional governments. Unless it turns out that the Illuminati and the Bilderberg Group actually are all enormous ants.

41: Ninja Assassin (no release date announced)

Few star names – unless you remember Korean pop star Rain from the Wachowskis hallucinogenic Speed Racer – feature in this standard ‘assassin rebels against his masters’ tale. The title alone though promises to give Ninja Assassin that internet-friendly Snakes on a Plane appeal that should ensure a decent performance at the box office.

40: The Proposal (August)

A rom-com based on the morally rather questionable premise of a book editor (hence the title) forcing one of her subordinates to marry her so that she can gain US citizenship. Sandra Bullock is probably due another hit, and Malin Akerman still be surfing on the huge wave of excitement about Watchmen will but whether audiences will buy this rather dubious plot (remember Green Card?) remains to be seen.

39: Planet 51 (November)

A classic 1950s B-Movie plot – alien lands among the white picket fences of a fearful, simple small-town community. The twist is that the alien is an Earthly astronaut and the small town folk are little green men. A promising CG-animated caper for younger cinemagoers in the 2009 Christmas holiday.

38: The Box (March)

Set, apparently, in the Seventies, The Box is the story of a young married couple who are given a mysterious box that has uncanny, deadly powers. Somehow connecting time travel, the 1976 Viking Mars lander, teleportation and kipper ties. With former X-Man James Marsden, the always watchable Cameron Diaz and the sinister presence of Frank Langella it’s an intriguing prospect indeed.

35: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (January)

Rhona Mitra takes over from Kate Beckinsdale as the female lead in the third instalment of the Vampires versus Werewolves saga. A prequel, it’s set before the birth of Beckinsale’s character, neatly sidestepping complaints about the regrettable absence of her PVC clad form. Unlikely to attract quite as many cinemagoers as its predecessor, it might still fill a dull winter’s evening.

36: Creature from the Black Lagoon (no release date announced)

Little is known so far of this planned remake of the classic 1954 creature feature which is to be helmed by Sahara director Breck Eisner. Bill Paxton is rumoured to be leading the team, which discovers a hitherto undocumented amphibious humanoid in the depths of the South American jungle. In keeping with the current remake mania, Eisners next project is expected to be a new version of Flash Gordon.

35: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (August)

G.I Joe is a bigger name in the US: the toy line that we called Action Man gave rise to a popular 1980s cartoon series and long-running comics franchise. Without the solid bed of nostalgia that will give it a running start in its homeland, the movie’s appeal over here stands or falls on its star director – Stephen Sommers from the enjoyably silly Mummy films - and stellar cast, including Christopher Eccleston and Sienna Miller as well as Sommers’s old Mummy pals Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo. If August 2009 is as much of a washout as 2008’s, summer legions of staycationers will be flocking to cinemas looking for some easygoing escapism, and this might just be it.

34: Fanboys (February)

The long-delayed comedy which sees a group of rabid Star Wars fanatics attempting to steal an early print of The Phantom Menace for their dying pal finally gets a release early in 2009. A version of the movie with the cancer-stricken fan removed nearly made it to cinemas in 2008 but was met with a vast internet campaign that demonstrated the awesome power of the fanboy. We’re assured that the movie will finally be released in early 2009.

33: Inkheart (January)

Brendan Fraser, fast becoming Hollywood’s go-to guy whenever kiddie-friendly action is required, joins with Andy Serkis, the man who brought Gollum and King Kong to life, in this umpteenth attempt at the now-traditional ‘storybook miraculously comes to life’ plot. A little early for the half term crowd, but Fraser’s undeniable charm should bring in a few viewers.

32: The Surrogates (December)

A promisingly thoughtful sci-fi concept. Humanity is housebound and relies on remote-controlled drones to handle all the outdoors work. Bruce Willis stars as a futuristic detective investigating the apparent murder of these ‘surrogates’alongside former Bond Girl Rosamund Pike and charismatic bruiser Ving Rhames.

31: The International (February)

What could be more timely than a drama about the international banking system? Clearly, the producers didn’t appreciate the serendipity because it was delayed while additional, more action-packed, scenes were added. Will the world be tired of hearing about bankers by February? Naomi Watts and the thinking woman’s action man Clive Owen rather hope not.

30: The Wolf Man (April)

We’ve had modern takes on Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and The Mummy, so it was only a matter of time before The Wolfman was disinterred for another howl around the moors. More important than star Benicio Del Toro will be the inclusion of everybody’s favourite wolfman, makeup supremo Rick Baker who provided the eye-popping transformations in American Werewolf in London and The Howling. Anthony Hopkins turns up as the unfortunate lycanthrope’s father. Art Malik and Hugo Weaving will also be along for what promises to be a dark and disturbing ride.

29: The Spirit (January)

Will Eisner was one of the first comics writers to achieve personal fame and his best known creation, The Spirit, is considered by aficionados to be one of the great heroes of comics’ Golden Age. It’s surprising that we’ve had to wait this long to see the lighthearted Noir detective on the big screen. The director who has brought The Spirit to life is Frank Miller, himself a star comics writer (he wrote 300 and completely reinvigorated the industry in the 1980s with his Dark Knight Batman miniseries). Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes the movie is shot in the same stylised hyper-realistic way that characterized Miller’s previous movie, Sin City. The Spirit is unlikely to break out of the fanboy demographic, but should provide undemanding comic book thrills in the long, cold weeks before Watchmen appears.

28: A Perfect Getaway (March)

A complex twisty-turny chase thriller filmed in Puerto Rico but set in Hawaii and starring Milla Jovovich and, in a rare lead role, Hitman star Timothy Olyphant. Ideal for movie fans who like to be kept guessing until the final scene, it’s about a honeymooning couple pursued across the picturesque island by a pair of relentless killers. Expect the unexpected.

27: The Birds (no release date announced)

Few details are available about this re-make of Hitchcock’s strangest movie. Naomi Watts is reputedly playing Melanie Daniels, the mischievous socialite portrayed byTippi Hedren in the 1963 film, and there’s talk of George Clooney for the role of Mitch Brenner, the smoothly irresistible lawyer who draws her to the doomed township of Bodega Bay.

26: S. Darko (no release date announced)

An unexpected sequel to 2001’s hallucinatory time loop brain-teaser Donnie Darko, which already has fans of the original film near-apoplectic at its superfluity. Curiosity value alone guarantees S. Darko a strong opening weekend. Word of mouth will determine whether it can survive in theatres for more than a week.

watch out for the next batch...

 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Madagascar" hits the Top Spot

LOS ANGELES – "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" created a box-office stampede as the animated comedy about zoo animals in the wild took in $63.1 million over opening weekend.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Media By Numbers LLC:

1. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," Paramount, $63,106,589, 4,056 locations, $15,559 average, $63,106,589, one week.

2. "Role Models," Universal, $19,167,085, 2,792 locations, $6,865 average, $19,167,085, one week.

3. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," Disney, $9,159,523, 3,464 locations, $2,644 average, $75,573,993, three weeks.

4. "Changeling," Universal, $7,252,940, 1,855 locations, $3,910 average, $20,559,497, three weeks.

5. "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," Weinstein Co., $6,274,530, 2,735 locations, $2,294 average, $20,686,907, two weeks.

6. "Soul Men," MGM, $5,401,615, 2,044 locations, $2,643 average, $5,401,615, one week.

7. "Saw V," Lionsgate, $4,067,071, 2,829 locations, $1,438 average, $52,187,337, three weeks.

8. "The Haunting of Molly Hartley," Freestyle Releasing, $3,318,694, 2,576 locations, $1,288 average, $10,063,348, two weeks.

9. "The Secret Life of Bees," Fox Searchlight, $3,089,467, 1,481 locations, $2,086 average, $29,902,363, four weeks.

10. "Eagle Eye," Paramount, $2,541,602, 1,407 locations, $1,806 average, $96,348,829, seven weeks.

11. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," Disney, $2,518,049, 2,359 locations, $1,067 average, $88,258,841, six weeks.

12. "Max Payne," Fox, $1,789,136, 1,476 locations, $1,212 average, $38,653,498, four weeks.

13. "Fireproof," Samuel Goldwyn, $1,585,555, 872 locations, $1,818 average, $28,327,659, seven weeks.

14. "Body of Lies," Warner Bros., $1,537,219, 850 locations, $1,808 average, $36,950,974, five weeks.

15. "Rachel Getting Married," Sony Pictures Classics, $1,505,507, 391 locations, $3,850 average, $5,415,820, six weeks.

16. "Pride and Glory," Warner Bros., $1,293,389, 1,340 locations, $965 average, $14,381,710, three weeks.

17. "W.," Lionsgate, $1,120,600 , 839 locations, $1,336 average, $24,231,628, four weeks.

18. "RocknRolla," Warner Bros., $1,047,334, 526 locations, $1,991 average, $4,373,979, five weeks.

19. "Appaloosa," Warner Bros., $668,415, 735 locations, $909 average, $18,658,697, eight weeks.

20. "Religulous," Lionsgate, $423,273, 274 locations, $1,545 average, $12,125,806, six weeks.

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Ms. Earth which was held in Clark Pampanga, Philippines.

Top 16

1. Mexico 2. Spain 3. Thailand 4. Poland 5. Brazil 6. Philippines

7. Nigeria 8. Czech Republic 9. Columbia 10. Romania 11. USA

12. Russia 13. Tanzania 14. Korea 15. Venezuela 16. Switzerland

Top 8

1. Spain 2. Brazil 3. Tanzania 4. Philippines 5. Venezuela 6. Columbia 7. Mexico 8. Switzerland

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1. Mexico

2. Philippines

3. Brazil

4. Tanzania

 

And Finally:

Miss Earth Fire - Brazil

Miss Earth Water - Mexico

Miss Earth Air - Tanzania

Miss Earth 2009 - Philippines (Karla Paula Henry)

I'm proud to be Pinoy! Congratulations to Ms. Karla for being the next Miss Earth. :)

I've been following this news since I saw the this tragic happening on Jennifer Hudson's family, at first her mother and brother was found dead in their house and her nephew, missing. Now it was confirmed that the body was found on the missing SUV car was truly Jennifer's nephew. And sad to say the 7 year old boy was already dead. This is really sad knowing that it is only an innocent child. Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the boy, like his grandmother and uncle, had been shot.

 

 

 

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CHICAGO – The mother and brother of Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home, and police were looking for a missing child who is the nephew of the singer and Oscar-winning actress.

A man suspected in the deaths was in custody Friday night, but the 7-year-old boy had not been located, according to published reports.

William Balfour was being questioned, but Julian King's whereabouts were not known, law enforcement sources told the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Balfour has not been charged.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said investigators were talking to "a number of people in custody" but she declined to elaborate.

An Amber Alert issued Friday said Balfour was a suspect in the double homicide of Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, whose bodies were found Friday afternoon in a South Side home.

Jennifer Hudson's personal publicist, Lisa Kasteler, confirmed the deaths.

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AP Music Writer Nekesa Moody in New York and AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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When it came to saying their "I dos" again, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony doubled the fun, joining New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and his wife Jessica for a joint ceremony, PEOPLE has learned.

"Carlos gave his wife a specially engraved ring and gave Marc and Jennifer special rings as gifts," a source told PEOPLE exclusively. "Carlos and Jessica renewed their vows first, then Jennifer and Marc went."

The vows came after a private dinner at Bradley Ogden and a good night rolling the dice. "They were both winning at the craps table and Marc kept saying that it was going to be a lucky night," the source said.

And as luck would have it, it was "nearly flawless," added the source. "Initially, they were supposed to do the ceremony outside on the suite's balcony but it was too cold, so they had to move it inside. That was the only thing that didn't go according to plan."

Inside, the couples were wed in the Caesars Palace's newly renovated Forum Tower Penthouse in the suite's rotunda. The suite only reopened Saturday, making Lopez and Anthony the first people to stay there since the renovation.

"Marc actually said the suite was so beautiful that it deserved its own zip code," the source said. "He thought it was perfect."

Wearing a black dress, Lopez looked "beautiful" as 12 people witnessed the ceremony, the source said. "Her parents didn't even see it because they were with the babies."

Following the nuptials, a butler opened a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne for the newly re-married couples.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sheryl Crow: Cancer has Made Her Selfish – In A Good Way


Sheryl successfully beat breast cancer by opting for breast preservation therapy, which is when the surgeon takes the tumor out, leaving the breast behind but intact. Now Sheryl Crow says breast cancer taught her a valuable lesson.

"Breast cancer helped me put myself first in life," Crow told PEOPLE Friday before her concert for Yoplait's Save Lids to Save Lives program. "Once I stepped out of radiation, I had to remember that the only person who could take care of me was me. I'd better do that before I take care of everybody else, instead of everybody else first."

The singer, who is now cancer-free following a lumpectomy and radiation treatments two-and-a-half years ago, says she has reached out to Christina Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy after her own breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

"I knew Christina, [so] it was less about the celebrity aspect of it and more about the experience of already having it," says Crow. "It's daunting to have to go through getting the prognosis. It's just nice to have a sounding board."

Crow, who became a mom to 17-month-old son Wyatt and moved to a Tennessee farm after beating breast cancer, says she hopes women will be diligent about getting mammograms, learning their family history of cancer and doing self-exams.

"I feel more connected to my life now that I've had – and beat – breast cancer," she says.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

America's Got Talent Winner - Neil Boyd


Time runs really fast, America's Got Talent already had its winner. Neil E. Boyd, The "Voice of Missouri" and this season's winner, is an opera singing insurance salesman that was able to hit a high note which brings him to a million dollar prize! Plus, he received a taped shout-out from opera legend Plácido Domingo. He's not my favorite among the top 5 but he really has the talent so congratulations to him anyways.
Here is the recap of the performances of the top 5 America's Got Talent contest.

From my Least favorite to my favorite amongst all performances. Enjoy.

Queen Emily - my rank 5, yes she can sing but you can compare her singing to anyone else.



Donald Braswell - my rank 4, loved his voice but i don't feel any charisma here



Neil E. Boyd - my rank 3, he can win this with his voice that has a very high range, and all i can say is that he sangs great, can feel the goosebumps here... i felt that he can win the competition because of sympathy, he is a cry baby.. haha, just joking! but at least he really has the talent.



Nuttin but Strings - my rank 2, i find their talent/performances really entertaining, they are so unique in this competition, who might say that they can be in the top 5? the rest are singers but even if they do a different thing they still rocks the house on every performances they made, they are so cool!



Eli Mattson - my rank 1, i love this Guy!!! Amongst all i think he will be able to make it as an international artist, even if he does not win the competition, he's good looking, has a nice voice, has own interpretation of songs, plays the piano sooo well, this multi-talented guy will surely be a certified artist internationally.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Famous Young Actress Scandal! Guess Who...



Another scandal, guess who's in this clip. You'll really be shocked! For Adults only please???


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Is Clay Aiken a Gay? Yes Clay Aiken is Gay...

 

Yes Clay Aiken is gay... which most people know. But it would be clear enough for those whose not sure yet that he's gay because he is now admitting it.

Then who cares??? He's a talented person and a good man. Nothing to hate about... :)

Jennifer Hudson Engaged to Boyfriend David Otunga
Jennifer Hudson and boyfriend, David Otunga, have gotten engaged, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"I can confirm that Jennifer got engaged to her boyfriend David on Friday night in L.A." says the rep.

Otunga, who is known as "Punk" from the reality show I Love New York 2, popped the question with a Neil Lane diamond ring on the Dreamgirls Oscar winner's 27th birthday.

The couple, who have been dating less than a year, both hail from Chicago.

Professionally, it is a busy time for Hudson as well. Her debut solo album, Jennifer Hudson, will be in stores Sept. 30, and her next film, The Secret Life of Bees opens on Oct. 17.

-people.com
Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 has ended. The show has been great and new stars have a good chance to shine in the music industry. Here are the results in the awards night in order:

6th Placer:
Chris Pastor


5th Place
Van Roxas



4th Place
Liezel Garcia



3rd Place
Miguel Mendoza


2nd Place
Bugoy Drilon


PDA Season 2 Grand Winner!
Laarni Lozada


Congratulations to Laarni and the rest of the top 5 winners!
Hoping for a much better season 3 soon! :)

P.S. I think I saw Mr. Ryan Cayabyab sitting in the corner, crying, at the end of the show... :)
mentors really did so much effort for the scholars... big salute to them! :)
Monday, September 1, 2008

i feel okay! :)

-i feel okay tag-


my quote: (inspirational) - To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France



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Feel okay? Well you should be! You’ll definitely be okay if you’re going to be a part of this meme, be okay if you are about to have a chance to increase your Technorati and Google Pagerank!

1. Make others feel good: share your favorite, self made, or any quotes as you pass on this meme with the image below.
2. Make sure to come back – HERE - (ifeelokay.com) to get the master list and leave a comment that you’ve made yourself a part of this meme. This would ensure that you’ve been added to masters list.
3. Your favorites, self made, or any quotes that you shared are collected and will be linked back to your site as its source, this would give you much benefit. Put a category before your quote. (ex. Inspirational, happiness, love, sweet, time, motivational, friendship, and others), much better if you relate the quote on your blog. Ex. Fashion Blog - quotes about beauty; Personal Blog - quotes about success, life, inspirational and many more. It’s your choice.
4. Only one quote and category per blog please, make sure to tag as many bloggers possible. Please update your contributor's list more often. May we achieve thousands of quotes from different bloggers around the world. Let the fun begin. Be a part of a great collection of quotes from different bloggers around the world!!!


Contributors

(1)BeautyTips,(2)EmjeiSays,(3)Techmobiz,(4)BlackNickel,(5)ifeelokay,(6)iAM-MAi,(7)NeuroPatch, (8)Express4Free, (9)Club101, (10)Earn4aLiving,(11)Solo-Flight,(12)My Touch of Heaven, (13) YOUR BLOG!

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Now I am Tagging everyone in my list and everyone else! Keep blogging!




oh my, MJ is already 50. From being being a pop icon to changing his image, to child abuse trials and everything else, can Jackson make it in the industry again? Now he's on his 50's I've heard that he's working on new batch of songs. I don't really know if this would be a success but goodluck to him anyways. Age of 50 and 50 different images of MJ. I saw it - here -. See for your self, you might enjoy it as well.

As i was browsing around, there comes a site on which shows jackson's image at 50 without surgery, hmmm interesting.. and this is what i saw..



not bad huh? -pic source-


Move over Paula, Randy and Simon...Grammy nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join Fox’s veteran American Idol as the fourth judge next season.

3+1= More exciting American Idol? or more trouble for the next batch? I don't know what to expect after seeing this news that there will be a fourth judge on American Idol. Other than Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, Grammy nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi is said to join the Idol judges in this next season of American Idol. And so Paula is getting to have a counterpart in the judging.


A small info about Kara DioGuardi:

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and singer who has contributed to a long list of internationally successful popular songs. She writes music of the light pop-rock genre.

She is a multi-Grammy nominated songwriter, having written or co-written many international hit songs from 1999 to today.

Kara DioGuardi's songs have been recorded by artists including Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne, Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Santana, Ashlee Simpson, Jewel, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, and many others. DioGuardi has also had much success with major Latin music artists including RBD, Laura Pausini, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Thalía, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana. DioGuardi can also be heard performing backup vocals on some of these recordings.

So how would the next season would like with Kara DioGuardi??? Watch out for the next season.
Friday, August 22, 2008

Gwen and Gavin's New Baby






It is confirmed in E! News that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their second baby today, their second little prince named Son Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, born this thursday at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Their 2 year old brother is now going to have his playmate. The Baby arrived at 12:46 pm and weighs 8.5 pounds, what a healthy baby! Horay!

Clay Aiken, an American Idol Alumni and music producer Jaymes Foster, announces the birth of Parker Foster Aiken - Born at 08/08/08 wow that was cool! It as last May when Foster, age of 50, became pregnant with in vitro fertilization. All though the two are not linked romantically, Clay and James plans to raise the cute baby boy together. The two met when Clay joined American Idol and on the otehr hand, Foster (sister of a legendary music producer David Foster), has produces several albums of Clay Aiken.

One of my Idols, Charice Pempengco has really turned out to be an international artist... She had attended as a guest on different international shows, really made us Filipinos proud! With her beautiful and powerful voice, she is really a born Diva.

Charice Pempengco started as one of the finalists on the first season of Little Big Star, didn't make it as a champion but sooner she became an International Singing Sensation because of her popularity on YouTube.

some infos from her official website - charicepempengco.com:
Charice Pempengco's amazing voice was inherited from her Mother, who has also been her primary voice coach since Charice began to sing at the tender age of four. Many in Charice Pempengco's family circle are musically talented as well, it's an awe inspiring family trait. Although born with her awesome talents, Charice has had to work very hard to get to where she is today.

Gifted with a powerful, soulful voice, dancing talents and overall stage presence that are second to none, Charice is well on her way of achieving her highest dreams. Charice, at only 16, already easily outshines most other popular International Music Stars.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Club 101

One of my enjoyments in life was to watch singers, great singers! I love watching singing contests most specifically my favorite, American Idol. I didn't say I'm a singer as well but I really adore beutiful voices, I love talented people, dancers, guitarists! etc.. Here in this blog I would be doing some collections, discussions of my favorites singers, artists, talented ones and other stuffs... Hope you'll be here to accompany me... Happy Blogging! :)